Hells Angel gets OK to leave halfway house — but won't quit biker gang

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Police had evidence that Gaetan David was directly involved in two killings during Quebec's biker war.

A longtime member of the Hells Angels is no longer required to reside at a halfway house even though he says he has no intention of leaving the world’s most notorious outlaw motorcycle gang.

Gaetan David, 50, received one of the lengthiest overall sentences in Operation SharQc, an investigation that revealed the Hells Angels in Quebec voted en masse to go to war with a group of rival criminal organizations. The prosecution had evidence David was directly involved in two of the more than 160 killings carried out during the conflict between 1994 and 2002.

Hells Angels garb is on display following a police raid in 2018. Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette


Dayle Fredette, a former Hells Angel who became a prosecution witness, told police David was the getaway driver in the April 17, 2000 shooting death of Dany Beaudin at a halfway house in St-Frédéric-de-Beauce, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region.

It turned out the Hells Angels had targeted a different man who was staying at the same halfway house, and Beaudin became just one of several innocent victims killed in Quebec’s biker war.

Fredette was never able to testify because the trial was aborted in October 2015 when a stay of proceedings was placed on the first-degree murder charge and other accusations facing five Hells Angels.

A Quebec Superior Court judge ordered the stay after he determined the prosecution held back on disclosing evidence involving the killing of Sylvain Reed, a man tied to the Rock Machine who was killed in the Eastern Townships in March 1997.

Sylvain Boulanger, another former Hells Angel who became an informant — and whose evidence provided the foundation of Operation SharQc — told police David drove Reed to the home of a gang member where Reed was beaten and choked to death.

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